Rick Perry told a 9-year-old boy Thursday that evolution is “a theory that’s out there” but that “it’s got some gaps in it.”
The GOP hopeful’s comments came after the boy’s mother prompted him to ask Perry whether he believes in evolution. “In Texas we teach both creationism and evolution, because I figure you’re smart enough to figure out which one’s right,” Perry told the boy.
Perry’s answer, which was captured on video, is the latest sign that he will hold steadfast in his attempt to appeal to religious conservatives. As governor of Texas, Perry has expressed his support for teaching the theory of “intelligent design” in public schools. In 2007, Perry also appointed Don McLeroy, who has advocated teaching creationism in classrooms, to head the Texas State Board of Education.
Ah politicians. Let’s hope when Perry is elected (with Bachmann as his VP) he continues on his spewing spree. It’s just what the country, and the world, need.
- Rick Perry Dismisses Evolution as a “Theory That’s Out There,” Falsely Claims Creationism is Taught in Texas (firedoglake.com)
- NH Mother Uses Child as a Prop to Question Rick Perry on Evolution (blogs.abcnews.com)
- Rick Perry the Creationist [Dispatches from the Creation Wars] (scienceblogs.com)